Archive – Leading Cultures of Research & Innovation

Evidence based approaches to research capability building highlight consistently the role that leadership plays in the development of a culture of research which facilitates and supports capability building.

Whilst considerable resource can be invested in the development of individuals unless they are working in a culture which actively supports and promotes research the full investment will not be realised in terms of improvements to patient care and clinical outcomes.

This work stream within Releasing Potential is designed therefore to support service and team leaders.

Development programme

Innovation Health and Wealth sets out the ambition of an NHS defined by its commitment to innovation, demonstrated both in its support for research and its success in the rapid adoption and diffusion of the best, transformative most innovative ideas, products, services and clinical practice.’  The NHS Constitutionis explicit in its commitment to ‘innovation and the promotion, conduct and use of research to improve the current and future health and care of the population’.

Delivering on these constitutional and policy agendas is linked directly to improved patient outcomes and quality of care, greater efficiency and resource utilisation and is predicated on a workforce equipped with the requisite skills working within a culture actively engaged with research and innovation.

Work undertaken by NHS R&D NW over the last 12 months has identified a strong commitment from service managers to the integration of R&I into their teams but also highlighted limitations in knowledge regarding the R&I landscape and policy agendas and lack of personal confidence in providing leadership on this agenda.

The Leading Cultures of Research & Innovation is a novel and innovative programme of leadership development informed by our stakeholder engagement and funded by Health Education North West via Forerunner funding allocated to Cumbria and Lancashire Local Workforce Education Group.

Aims & overview

Completion of the programme will support you in your leadership of a culture of R&I within your service and increase your services engagement with and contribution to organisational and regional R&I agendas. By participating in this programme you will:

  • Develop your knowledge & understanding of national, regional and organisational R&I agendas
  • Explore and increase your understanding of how organisational cultures are formed and shaped by leaders
  • Explore and develop skills and expertise to facilitate and lead cultures of R&I
  • Spend time with a commercial sector organisation to explore how R&I is facilitated within this sector and transferable skills and expertise
  • Have the opportunity to develop and benefit from a community of practice within your health economy with the potential to become self-sustaining.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is aimed at service leaders within Cumbria and Lancashire LWEG health economy working at band 8a and above.

What is involved?

The programme comprises:

  • 4 inter-linked one day workshops  (1 per month)
  • An external organisational visit organised in collaboration with North West Coast Academic Health Science Network.

The programme will utilise a range of methods with an emphasis on experiential learning and will include factually based content, external speakers and interactive group work.

Some work will be set prior to and during the programme to enable you to situate your learning within organisational and service contexts.

The programme is free of charge and will run in 3 locations in Cumbria and Lancashire starting in November 2014.


The content of this programme has been informed by a series of stakeholder engagement events with service managers which highlighted the need for a development programme which increased knowledge and focused also on leadership development. These 2 components are therefore interwoven throughout the 4 days.

Broad overview of the programme

Day 1Will focus on exploring the role of leadership in shaping and influencing culture, examining what is meant by a culture of research and innovation and the current policies which are shaping the national R&I agendas within the NHS. Skills relevant to facilitating action learning sets will also be explored.
Day 2The focus of the second day will be on your role as a leader in developing a culture of R&I and working strategically to develop and expand your networks. You will increase your understanding of the major regional R&I networks including the Academic Health Science Network, the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and explore how your service can engage with them. The day will include a facilitated Action Learning Set
Day 3The third day will explore the organisational cultures of R&I which exist currently within NHS Trusts, the factors which influence and shape them and the key stakeholders. The development of an R&I strategy will be covered as will skills related to influencing and negotiating.
Day 4The final day will provide you with the opportunity to explore the culture of R&I within your service/team, potential areas of development, opportunities and challenges.

Organisational Visit

Alongside the 4 workshops you will also have the opportunity to spend a day with a relevant commercial company to increase your understanding of how R&I is approached within this sector.

Action Learning Set

Over the course of the programme you will develop skills in facilitating action learning sets and have the opportunity to participate in 3 learning sets, one of which will be facilitated as part of day 2. The other two will be arranged within the learning sets between day 2 and 3 and 3 and 4.


The programme will run on 3 occasions in the following venues;

Cohort 1, Preston                    Cohort 2, Lancaster                    Cohort 3, Preston

13th November                         2nd December                               7th January

11th December                           13th January                                  4th February

5th February                               10th February                               11th March

5th March                                     24th March                                    1st April

To apply for this programe you must be:

Please complete and return the Application Form to